Local Dealership Deceived By Fraudster!
In a recent #OkaeMolao Operation the South African Police Service were able, through microdot technology, to prevent a cloned vehicle from being sold to an innocent customer.
An unsuspecting dealership in Germiston recently bought a Nissan NP200 from a fraudster for R45,000 and put the vehicle on its floor at a selling price of R79,999. In addition, he advertised the vehicle on Gumtree, OLX and Junkmail. During the #OkaeMolao Operation the South African Police Service were able to establish the true identity of the vehicle using microdot technology. They were also able to ascertain that it had previously been stolen in Wierdabrug and that its identity had been changed on numerous occasions. The Dealer lost the R45,000 he had paid for the vehicle but on the bright side #DataDotSA microdots have helped prevent an unsuspecting customer from buying a stolen vehicle for nearly R80,000.
If you are buying a car privately
- Make use of a reputable vehicle dealership.
- Check the service history of the car to see if the car has been maintained regularly and its handbook has been stamped by an authorised workshop.
- Check the mileage of the vehicle.
- Check the vehicle is not stolen or cloned by asking for the microdot status of the car – you can get this from a VehicleFacts Report or contact us directly on 044-874-0836.
- Request a Mechanical Inspection Certificate and Vehicle History Report.
- Never buy your vehicle online.
- Never purchase a vehicle with cash.
- If you are a Dealership purchasing a vehicle
Validate the original identity of the vehicle you are trading AND comply with the Second-Hand Goods Act by registering with VehicleFacts.